Bronco Volleyball Preps for Northwest Challenge

BOISE, Idaho After opening the season at home with the Bronco Invitational, the Boise State volleyball team will take to the road for the first time this season, traveling to Seattle for the Northwest Challenge hosted by the University of Washington. The round-robin style tournament will be held Thursday, Sept. 4 and Friday, Sept. 5 at the Bank of America Arena and will include Washington, Portland State, Gonzaga and Boise State.


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About Boise State...

The Broncos travel for the first time this season and face their first ranked opponent of the season, No. 9 Washington. After a 0-3 start at the Bronco Invitational, the Broncos will be looking to earn their first victory of the season. Last weekend the Broncos suffered tough 3-1 losses to Cal State Northridge and Washington State. Both matches finished with tightly played sets, unfortunately ending as losses for the Broncos.


Over the first weekend of play Alisha King leads the Broncos with 29 kills and six service aces and also tallied 28 digs. Jeanette Jenkins, who was named to the Bronco Invite All-Tournament team, tallied 26 kills while Sadie Maughan had 28 kills. Libero Lauren Hamm leads the backcourt with 38 digs while Lydia Blaha leads the team in blocks with 14 while Mandy Klein added 98 assists on the weekend.


Blaha holds the No. 2 spot in the Western Athletic Conference’s statistical rankings for blocks with a 1.27 per game average. Maughan holds the No. 5 spot with a 1.09 average. King sits at No. 4 in the WAC for aces (0.55/game) while also holding the No. 8 spot for points (3.50/game). Klein holds the No. 6 spot in assists (8.91/game) as well as No. 5 in aces (0.45/game) while Jeanene Rose also made the rankings in aces at No. 10 (0.36/game). Hamm also snagged a WAC ranking, sitting at No. 7 in digs with 3.45 per game. As a team, Boise State holds the No. 1 spot in the WAC for blocks with 2.91 per game while also sitting at No. 3 in aces (1.64/game) and No. 5 in digs (13.64/game).


About Portland State...

Portland State features an experienced team, returning nine letterwinners from the 2007 season, including five starters. In their first action of the season, the Vikings went 2-1 at the Oregon State Invitational. There they defeated the College of Charleston, 3-2, and the University of Wyoming, 3-2. There suffered a 0-3 loss to Oregon State in their final match of the tournament. The Vikings are currently led by Marija Vojnovic who tallied 27 kills and 34 digs in the Oregon State Invitational. Erica Jepsen added 12 blocks while Nique Fradella tallied 105 assists and four service aces. Lindsey Steele added 51 digs to the Viking defense.


For their first Northwest Challenge opponent, Boise State will face Portland State in a 5 p.m. (PT) match on Thursday, Sept. 4.  Portland State leads Boise State in the all-time series, 13-2, earning their most recent win over the Broncos 3-0 in 1992.


About Washington...

Tournament host Washington enters the weekend ranked No. 9 in the CBS College Sports/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll. After picking up two 3-0 victories at the Holiday Inn Classic in Bozeman, Mont., this past weekend, the Huskies return to Seattle to host their first matches of the season. In the Holiday Inn Classic, Washington defeated Montana State and the University of Portland in straight sets. After the two matches, Kindra Carlson leads the Huskies with 19 kills while Jessica Swarbrick leads the team with eight total blocks. Tamari Miyashiro tallied 16 digs on the weekend for the Huskies while Airial Salvo knocked out nine service aces.


Boise State will face Washington in their second match of the Northwest Challenge, scheduled for 11 a.m. (PT). In their nine meetings, Boise State leads Washington with a 5-4 record; however Washington has earned four straight wins over the Broncos. In their most recent match-up, Washington earned a 3-0 victory over the Broncos in 2007.


About Gonzaga...

Gonzaga enters the weekend with a 1-3 record after earning a season opener win over Bradley, 3-0, at the University of Montana Tournament. From there the Bulldogs suffered a 3-1 loss to Montana, a 3-2 loss to North Dakota State and a 3-0 loss to UC Riverside. The Bulldog offense is led by Elaina Renius with 57 kills and adds 18 blocks from the tournament while Paige Dillingham leads the backcourt with 55 digs. Setter Deni Van De Mortel aided the offense with 154 assists on the weekend.


Boise State will face Gonzaga in their final match of the Northwest Challenge, scheduled for 5 p.m. (PT) on Friday, Sept. 5. The two teams have met up 22 times with Boise State leading the series 14-8; however Gonzaga earned a 3-0 win in their most recent match-up in 2007.


Northwest Challenge Schedule...

September 4, 2008

Portland State vs. Boise State - 5:00 p.m. PT  

Washington vs. Gonzaga - 7:00 p.m. PT


September 5, 2008

Washington vs. Boise State - 11:00 a.m. PT  

Portland State vs. Gonzaga - 1:00 p.m. PT  

Gonzaga vs. Boise State - 5:00 p.m. PT  

Washington vs. Portland State - 7:00 p.m. PT

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